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Robert Ridgely (December 24, 1931 – February 8, 1997) was an American actor and voice artist, known for both on-camera roles and extensive voice-over work.

Robert Ridgely
BornDecember 24, 1931
DiedFebruary 8, 1997(1997-02-08) (aged 65)
OccupationActor, voice artist
Years active1960–1997
Spouse(s)Patricia Ridgely (19??–1997)

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Life and careerEdit

Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, Ridgely worked as a cabaret entertainer.[1]

Ridgley began acting in the 1960s, serving as a talk show host with Woody Woodbury. Ridgely appeared in commercials, including a classic McDonald's commercial, staged as a Broadway production number, where he sings; "there is nothin' so clean – as my burger machine". Ridgley guest starred on TV series such as Maverick, Sea Hunt, Lawman, and Surfside 6. He landed a regular role as Lieutenant Kimbro in the short-lived World War II ABC series The Gallant Men. After the series was cancelled, he continued with guest appearances on such shows as Bonanza, WKRP in Cincinnati, Coach, Night Court, Wings, and Designing Women.

Ridgley appeared in various films, including several Mel Brooks productions, amongst them; Blazing Saddles (1974), High Anxiety (1977), Life Stinks (1991), and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). Ridgley also worked in some of the prominent films of late 80s and early 90s, including; Something Wild (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Philadelphia (1993), and Boogie Nights (1997).

Ridgely put his strong voice to use in voice-over roles in movies like Down and Dirty Duck (1974), television specials such as Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz, (aka Dorothy in the Land of Oz) (1980), and the video game Blazing Dragons (1996).

He did a great deal of voice work on animated series as well, including the titular heroes in Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon, and Thundarr the Barbarian. From 1985 to 1996, Ridgely was one of ABC's main primetime promo announcers. He also voiced the Peculiar Purple Pieman in the 1980s Strawberry Shortcake specials, General "Thunderbolt" Ross on The Incredible Hulk, Finch on Daisy-Head Mayzie, and Commander Chief in Dexter's Laboratory.[2]

DeathEdit

On February 8, 1997, Ridgely died of cancer at his Toluca Lake, Los Angeles home.[1]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1964 Nightmare in Chicago Dan McVeay
1971 Chrome and Hot Leather Sergeant Mack
1974 Blazing Saddles Boris Uncredited
1974 The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat Voice
1977 High Anxiety Flasher
1977 Raspberry Celebrity Sportsman Host
1980 Melvin and Howard Wally 'Mr. Love' Williams
1983 Heart Like a Wheel Bob Morton, 'Sportsline'
1984 The Wild Life Craig Davis
1986 Something Wild Richard Graves
1993 Philadelphia Walter Kenton
1993 Robin Hood Men in Tights Hangman
1994 The Ref Bob Burley
1996 Hard Eight Keno Bar Manager
1996 Multiplicity Laura's Father
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II Mayor
1996 That Thing You Do! Hollywood Showcase Announcer
1997 Fire Down Below Simon
1997 Boogie Nights Colonel James

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Staff. "Robert Ridgely, 65, Film and TV Actor", The New York Times, February 16, 1997. Accessed December 4, 2013. "Mr. Ridgely, a native of Teaneck, N.J., began as a cabaret artist."
  2. ^ Robert Ridgely - Behind the Voice Actors.com

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